Halloween in Downtown Burlington


Downtown Burlington is the place to be for spooky and silly Halloween fun this year! See below for lots of fun family-friendly events taking place in our community. Many of these events are free. 


Queen City Ghostwalk

Tuesdays-Sundays | 7pm |Meet in City Hall Park |$18

For mystery and spooky fun, there's nothing quite like a Queen City Ghostwalk. Author and paranormal historian,Thea Lewis, has been scaring up fascinating tales and quirky characters in Burlington and beyond since 2002. On her tours, Vermont's unofficial "Queen of Halloween" shares stories from her books, Haunted Burlington, Ghosts and Legends of Lake Champlain and Haunted Inns and Ghostly Getaways of Vermont. Tickets at the Flynn Theater Box office on Main Street. For schedules: www.queencityghostwalk.com. Photo credit: Josie Lewis


Family Program Halloween Party

Saturday, October 24th | 4-7pm | Pride Center of Vermont | FREE

Get your costumes on and come party with us! The Pride Center of Vermont is having our annual Family Program Halloween party on Saturday, October 24th for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) parents, their kids, and their ally families. Party is at the Pride Center of Vermont and goes from 4:00-7:00 pm. Snacks provided. Pizza is served at 6:00 pm. Games for all ages, decorations, some candy, and lots of fun! Contact the Pride Center at 802-860-7812 for more information.


6th Annual Halloween Bike Ride - Shared Streets Not Scared Streets 

Sunday, October 25th | 1:30pm | City Hall Park | FREE

Join City leaders and hundreds of riders for a rolling Halloween costume party! The police-escorted parade begins at City Hall Park at 2PM. Bike decorating and other activities begin at 1:30pm. Join the fun at facebook/btvhalloweenride. Let us know you are coming at facebook.com/events/593112297478686/. The easy 4 mile ride ends at Oakledge Park at the "Halloween Howl", another fun and free event for kids!


Halloween Howl

Sunday, October 25th | 2-5:30pm | Oakledge Park | FREE

Come join us at Oakledge Park in Burlington on Sunday, October 25th for the Halloween Howl! Join in your spookiest, funniest, and most awesome costume. Enjoy a hayride, venture through the haunted walk and trick-or-treat, decorate a mini gourd, get your face painted, or get your fortune told! The haunted walk is wheelchair-accessible. Join Star 92.9’s Eric Forand for candy and prize giveaways, and some spooky music. There will also be yummy, fall comfort food available for purchase courtesy of Southern Smoke food truck.

Biking is encouraged; there will be a bike valet provided by Local Motion. Oakledge Park is reachable via the Burlington Bike Path. Parking is limited in the park; there will also be a trolley ride provided from Champlain Elementary School's parking lot.


Trick-or-Treat Street

Wednesday, October 28 | 4-6:30pm | Church Street Marketplace | FREE

Enjoy Halloween on the Marketplace at Trick-or-Treat Street, presented by Northfield Savings Bank! On Wednesday, October 28 from 4-6:30pm, come to The Church Street Marketplace in costume for trick-or-treating, face painting and lots of fun for the whole family!


Activities will include:

-8 outdoor trick-or-treating stations with candy and healthy snacks provided by City Market

-Face painting by Little Artsy Faces

-Photo shoot for kids, characters and local mascots

-Fire truck demo with firefighters from Burlington Vermont Fire Department and safety demo from Burlington Police Department

-Pumpkin Painting at Burlington Paint and Sip Studio

-Smoothie and popcorn making at Kiss the Cook with help from City Market

-Spin art at Ben & Jerry's

-Additional trick-or-treating opportunities at Homeport

-Enter the #UndercoverCitizen costume contest on the Little Citizen Facebook Page for your chance to win a shopping spree 


Halloween Express

October 30th & 31st | Times vary | Burlington’s Main Street Station | $23 - $50

Enjoy Halloween in a whole new way aboard the Halloween Express on Oct. 30 and 31 at the Burlington waterfront. This exciting new event features a Halloween party at Burlington’s Main Street Station and a spirited 60-minute Vermont Railway train ride from the station to Shelburne and back – all while taking in the season’s sights and sounds. Locally sourced food and drinks from Sugarsnap, Switchback, Citizen Cider and more will be available for purchase at the train station party and on the train rides. Costumes are encouraged. All ages are welcome.

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Winter Lights | Burlington Winter Weekend

Citizens Bank joins us as presenting sponsor of Winter Lights 2014, an ongoing light installation on the Marketplace. Yes, the beautiful canopies will be back (on every intersection)….and the colored spheres! Our partnership with Citizens Bank allows us to enhance the display further for 2014 adding to the magical experience of Church Street!

Join Mayor Weinberger and Linda Magoon from Citizens Bank at 5pm SHARP on Friday, February 7 near the intersection of Church and Bank Streets for the illumination of Church Street, the Winter Lights Switch On and the Burlington Winter Weekend kick off!

The Winter Weekend celebrations reach every corner of downtown Burlington! Hotel VT’s Ice Bar takes place on Friday, February 7th and Saturday, February 8th from 6:30pm-9:30pm! Enjoy specialty drinks, beautifully constructed ice sculptures and drinks that have been run through ice luges! Spend the following day watching brave souls jump in the lake, yes in February, to raise awareness and funds for Special Olympics Vermont, then head to the Church Street Marketplace for Winter Weekend activities!

The Outdoor Gear Exchange will host a snow shoeing demo in front of their store from Noon-4pm! Enjoy Wicked Good Ice’s Ice Sculpting Demo starting at 12:15pm SHARP, and beautiful ice sculpture gardens on the Marketplace! We extend our thanks to our ice sculpture sponsors: Alex & Ani, April Cornell, Aristelle, Church & Main, Danform Shoes, Farmhouse Group, Green Life, Lake Champlain Chocolates, Leunigs, Magic Hat Brewing Company, Ri Ra, Saratoga Olive Oil Co., Scuffer Steak & Ale House, Sheraton Burlington, and Sweetwaters, representing the Burlington Business Community and to Wicked Good Ice, the Ice Sculptor of all Church Street Ice Carvings! In addition, join us for a round of mini ice golf, Tic Tac Toe and Horseshoe Ice, all happening on the Marketplace, sponsored by Citizens Bank!

Downtown businesses are offering the Ice Breaker Button Promotion which provides visitors with special discounts and deals! The Ice Breaker Button Promotion, sponsored by Citizens Bank, will be used to raise funds for Special Olympics Vermont during the Burlington Winter Weekend, February 7-9. Buttons are $2 and provide a discount to anyone who is wearing the button at participating stores. All money collected from the buttons will go directly to Special Olympics Vermont. A list of participating businesses will be posted on Church Street’s website closer to the event. You may also look for posters at participating businesses !

For more information please visit www.churchstmarketplace.com/winterlights. We invite you to join us in celebrating Vermont’s most important season in downtown Burlington! Celebrate winter, celebrate light!

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Shop Small on Church Street for Small Business Saturday

Shop Small® on Nov 30!

From the corner café with the tasty cappuccinos to the tailor who can expertly hem a pair of chinos, the Church Street Marketplace and downtown Burlington has an eclectic blend of locally owned and operated stores that are the heartbeat of our center of commerce as well as community center in Burlington, Vermont.

Small Business Saturday® is a day to support the local businesses that continually give back to our schools and nonprofits. It is a day dedicated to investing back in our local economy and supporting the business owners who support us! This year, the big day is Nov 30, and we want you to get out and Shop Small®. It is America’s busiest shopping weekend!

If you’re a small business owner, you can head to ShopSmall.com to download free marketing materials to help attract customers on the day. We hope you can join us in making this the most successful Small Business Saturday yet! Look for special deals and sales happening at for Small Business Saturday in downtown Burlington HERE and hurry in to stores as early as 8am to SHOP SMALL!!


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Summer Events-Cardboard Box Parade

Burlington, Vermont is known for a number of unique and quirky festivals as well as events….the Cardboard Box Parade is one of them! Children create costumes representing characters from their favorite books, and meet at the top of the Church Street Marketplace to march to City Hall together and enjoy a snack! The event is open to ages 2-23 and no pre-registration is necessary.

The Church Street team has the privilege of guiding the parade with our mini golf cart and hosting the storybook characters as they come alive!

The cardboard box parade is an annual Summer event, always happens the third week in July and is scheduled for this Thursday, July 18th at NOON. For more information, please contact Rebecca Goldberg at  rgoldberg@burlingtonvt.gov

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Discover Jazz on Church Street

The beginning of June is one of the most exciting times to be in downtown Burlington as the whole city comes together for the Burlington Discover Jazz Festival beginning, next Friday, May 31 with the Long Trail LIVE Block Party on Church Street. Performers: Lifted Crew, Otis Grove, Van Gordon Martin Band, iLa Mawana, Gold Magnolias and Clint Bierman & The Necessary Means, will grace us with their presence from 7:30pm-Midnight on three stages located on the Mall Block, the Top Block and City Hall Block! For the following ten days, Burlington will celebrate 30 years of the Discover Jazz Festival with performances around town as well as on the Marketplace.

The Twilight Jazz Series brings us evening performances June 1-6, and June 8-9, featuring over 25 locally known and nationally known musicians. Middle school, high school, and college musicians from all over Vermont will join us on the bricks as well for the Jazz on the Marketplace Series, Monday, June 3-Friday, June 7.

Then the WPTZ News Channel 5 Block Party wraps up the week with a LIVE broadcast and performance by Zili Misik on the Top Block at 5pm. Channel 5 will also broadcast the news LIVE, 5pm-6:30pm from the Marketplace, June 3-7.

Many thanks to WPTZ for this great showcase of the Church Street Marketplace! To view the calendar, more information about events and artists, and to buy tickets, visit www.discoverjazz.com!

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